7 Tropical Hues to Amp up the Island Vibes in Your Home
Turn Up the Turquoise
Reminiscent of the crystal blue Caribbean Sea, cheery turquoise is a foolproof hue for an outdoor living space like this. Pair it with woven neutral furniture and, for extra appeal, toss in plush, patterned throw pillows in coordinating shades of blue.
Wake up on the bright side of the bed with peppy patterned upholstery (Veneto by Quadrille Fabrics). Batik-style prints have an exotic flair that makes them a perfect fit for island retreats, and this terracotta-inspired shade— a cross between earthy orange and pink—is vibrant without feeling overwhelming in a bedroom.
Let the Sun Shine In
For a bright, cheerful dining room, dress the walls with a marigold-hued grasscloth wallpaper that serves up plenty of texture with a dose of mid-century charm. It also sets the perfect stage for displaying collectibles and fun second-hand finds. Balance the bright with pale blue fabric for a pleasant riff on Mother Nature’s greatest gifts of sun and sea.
Jump Into the (Key) Limelight
Think lime green is too daring for the walls? Think again. The crisp white staircase, restored hardwood floors, and stream of natural light keep the boisterous hue in this Key West cottage feeling whimsical without being too wacky. If the walls feel like too much, key lime is great in slices, too—say, as upholstery on your dining room chairs or the backing to your built-in bookcase.
Keep Your Eye on the Sky
Soothing blue for a bedroom is a no-brainer. But there’s no need to settle on just one tone—from a robin’s egg blue ceiling to a kaleidoscope of cobalt and mint in the sunburst duvet, embrace the spectrum of blue shades like this master suite does. Extra credit: Color coordinate bedside books for a look that lives happily ever after.
Channel the Landscape
Sure, island homes are known for their brights. But natural shades and textures are big winners, too. This clean-lined kitchen homes in on the natural elements of the West Indies, with dark mahogany cabinets standing out against crisp white walls and wicker pendant shades. Tip: Brighten things up by adding glass fronts to the cabinets to reflect light and showcase keepsakes.
Wow with White
For a lighter, brighter bedroom, white out the walls from floor to ceiling to make even the smallest guestroom feel cozy without being stark. Shiplap feels especially coastal and adds interest to a room, as does this space’s unique roofline.